Last Bus to Woodstock

Last Bus to Woodstock The Death Of Sylvia Kaye Figured Dramatically In Thursday Afternoons Edition Of The Oxford Mail By Friday Evening Inspector Morse Had Informed The Nation That The Police Were Looking For A Dangerous Manfacing Charges Of Wilful Murder, Sexual Assault And Rape But As The Obvious Leads Fade Into Twilight And Darkness, Morse Becomes And Convinced That Passion Holds The Key


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Last Bus to Woodstock
  • Colin Dexter
  • English
  • 12 May 2019
  • 9780553277777

10 thoughts on “Last Bus to Woodstock

  1. says:

    Suffering from Morse deprivation on the TV I decided to reread all Colin Dexter s novels, in order this time This first one, Last Bus To Woodstock I found a little disappointing It is very much of its time as regards prevailing attitudes to women, and Colin Dexter s masculinity is rather too present In fact it feels rather oldfashioned even for 1975 like the late 60 s It would be interesting to see if this series is still around in another couple of decades time.Having said that, it is a fiendishly good plot and I doubt very much whether I would have remembered the perpetrator of the crime had I not vaguely remembered the TV dramatisation.It is impossible to read these novels now without visualising the TV characters, even though we learn very early on that Morse is younger than Lewis and is lightly built and dark haired Otherwise though Morse s maverick grouchiness which is clearly indicated right at the start of this series of novels is spot on Also welcome in the book is the sense of place the author depicts It is amusing to watch the TV episodes where Morse and Lewis seem to spend an inordinate amount of time wandering around the Radcliffe Camera why The Oxford Police station is nowhere near this I used to live nearby , the crimes take place all over the place and even the Colleges are spread around a fair bit Made with an eye to the US market perhaps But the book itself was far accurate perhaps Dexter should have challenged the producers of the programmes.Back to the book, and all in all I find myself looking forward to the next one, and suspecting that this series will grow in stature as it progresses.

  2. says:

    The first book in the series that brought us the great television series starring John Thaw as the irascible yet brilliant Inspector Morse, a spin off with Inspector Lewis and a prequel series, Endeavour, leaves me, well, underwhelmed As a police procedural it is okay but not something that will remain long in my memory To its credit, the plot was sufficiently complex to keep me guessing, incorrectly, until the very end I expected Morse to be quirky yet brilliant I guess he was that but there were times when I was tempted to replace the word quirky with something along the lines of unhinged.What struck me, and other readers that I talked to, most about the book is that Dexter s treatment of gender issues is far from enlightened Granted, it was written in the 1970s but I came of age back then and I don t remember the people I encountered being quite so neanderthal as the characters in this book are Their thoughts about rape are frightening and the old idea that women who act or dress in a certain manner deserve what they get is, if not said outright, at least inferred than once One can make certain allowances for when a book was written but there are limits And if all that isn t enough, Morse doesn t even drive his signature burgundy Jaguar He drives a beat up old Lancia, whatever the heck that is.I m not sure at this point if I will read Morse books If I do, I will probably skip forward to a point where Collins writing, and Morse s character, are better developed My thanks to M.L and the The Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Group at for creating the opportunity to read and discuss this book with other Goodreads members.

  3. says:

    This is the book that introduced Colin Dexter s famous protagonist, Chief Inspector Morse of the Oxford Homicide Division Morse is a confirmed bachelor who is attracted to women, liquor and complex homicide investigations Here we also meet the man who would be Morse s sidekick throughout the series, the much put upon Sergeant Lewis.As the book opens, two attractive young women are waiting for a bus One of them, Sylvia Kaye, grows impatient and decides to hitch a ride instead She is later discovered murdered in the parking lot of a pub in Woodstock Morse is assigned to the case and his first challenge is to find the young woman who was waiting for the bus with the victim The woman turns out to be particularly elusive and when Morse narrows down the list to the woman he KNOWS must be Sylvia s friend, the young woman steadfastly insists that Morse is wrong Why won t she own up to the obvious truth Other obstacles block Morse s investigation and along the way, he will become enad with one of the women central to the case He will be forced to discard one theory after another until it seems possible that there will never be a solution to the case, but Morse will never be one to give up.This is a solid introduction to the series and the characters of Morse and Lewis, once established here, will remain virtually constant through the remainder of the series Many Americans first met Morse when this series was adapted for television and exported to the U.S and those who enjoy British crime fiction are almost certainly guaranteed to like this book and the rest that follow.

  4. says:

    I read this book in anticipation of going to Oxford this summer I wanted to visit the world of Inspector Morse, as he is so beloved in Oxford.The book started strong a grizzly rape murder We meet lots of potential suspects red herrings are thrown in and the murderer is revealed I didn t believe the ending at all There were no dropped clues on the murderer till the big reveal All clues were closed to us the reader The ending left me shaking my head in disbelief and feeling disappointed after such a build up Sorry Inspector Morse I did like you and your sidekick Lewis, so I may give you another try I have read that your plot lines do become stronger, but this one left me perplexed.

  5. says:

    It s summer I m reading mysteries and this was grand As I reflected a day later, though, on the characters, I thought of how every single man, despite his flaws, was an engaging character of some sympathy, even the young man addicted to porn His mother loved him, remember But the women, without exception, were protrayed in a negative light None of them seemed lovable I checked the publication date 1975 Depressing How much of this did we absorb as young women The other factor which makes the mystery, despite its excellent plotting and engaging male characters, difficult to recommend was the constant drinking Every third page someone ordered a pint, offered a whiskey, or poured himself a stiff drink I got to hankering after one myself Was that the point

  6. says:

    This is the first book of a series of Detective Chief Inspector Morse It was well written and kept the attention of the reader The plot was very difficult to follow But, the writing was so interesting and captivating you as the reader had to keep reading until the end Chief Inspector Morse appears to be dumbfounded and Sergeant Lewis seems to be at his wits end when the pieces of the puzzle start to fit together and the killer is revealed Sylvia Kaye is murdered behind a pub and not much evidence is find and the clues are few and far in between A must read for mystery lovers Quote He realised that he had already landed himself in a good deal of muddle and mess by his own inadequacies.

  7. says:

    I can t stand when a mystery is solved in the end with information not previously given to the reader Part of the enjoyment of reading mysteries is trying to figure out what has happened while the story progresses If the author keeps vital information from the reader, that is impossible.

  8. says:

    It s a bit hard to rate this book One the one hand there are things that make it quite clear that this book was written in the 70sand by things I mean some blatant sexism While it fortunately never goes so far to blame the murdered girl for getting murdered it becomes quite clear that both Morse and Lewis clearly disapprove of her lifestyle choices i.e being sexually active and there are somne cringeworthy conclusions she didn t wear a bra Perhaps she was a prostitute which leave a bad taste.Now it s arguable if you can blame a book for the time it was written in and it s probably not worse than most of the other books written around that time.If you can ignore that bit what remains is a great puzzle I admittedly did figure out some things beforehand but not really because it was blatantly obvious but because I had already seen some Morse episodes not the adaption of this onebut enough to know certain things There were red herrings en masse and trying to figure out what was important and what was not was great fun.And of course there s Morse himself Despite being written over 40 years ago he was a breath of fresh air yes, I do apologise for this phrase but for once it is accurate in all those bland crime novel main characters Too many authors want to write characters that are both likeable and easy for the reader to identify with That makes easy reading but also means that I can t remember the names of half of the MCs in crime novels I read recently because they were all quite similar some had as distinguishing feaute a Very Tragic Past Morse is on the first glance neither likeable he is quite a jerk to Lewis and really also most others nor that easy to identify with unless you are an opera loving crossword nerd and grammar nazi but that makes him unique and ironically as a result likeable as character I m still debating if I d like to met him because unlike so many others he has edges, makes mistakes because he is bloody stubborn and that distinguishes from at least 2 3 of all other invesigators.

  9. says:

    Last Bus to Woodstock is the first book in the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter The book opens with two young women waiting at the bus stop planning to catch the last bus to Woodstock However, after they are told that there are no buses to Woodstock that night, they decide to hitch a ride Within hours, one of the young women is found dead in the parking lot of a pub in Woodstock.While the story was generally interesting and proved to be a challenge to solve, I was less than happy with the lead character of the book, Inspector Morse He seemed to be a lazy, irascible, bully Although ultimately solving the crime, he seemed to have bumbled his way into it He decides on an initial motive and suspect and attempts to make the crime fit When that doesn t work, he moves onto yet another theory that just by luck pays some dividends and then yet another In the end, it seems that some of the reasoning that lead to Morse s solving of the mystery is only introduced in the final pages of the book reinforcing the bumbling detective feeling I read this book as a group read on LibraryThing and we had a very lively discussion much of it centered on Morse While I would most likely read the next book in the series if we read it as a group there must be something there for this to be such a favorite character , I would not be likely to read it on my own any time soon.Rating 3 Stars

  10. says:

    Having recently watched several episodes of the TV version of Morse, I was curious to revisit the books to see how they compared Now I ve read the first one again I m keen to continue with the rest of the series.I d forgotten how different the books are to the TV series Some characters don t appear in the books at all and Morse and Lewis are quite distinct from their TV personas The story in the book was much involved than the TV episode and both can be enjoyed without any spoiling of entertainment or indeed plot.

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